About La Vecchia Fontana

La Vecchia Fontana brings fine dining to the shore. Beautifully located a block from the beach in Avalon, New Jersey, La Vecchia Fontana brings a breathtaking Mediterranean style ambiance to the Jersey shore, complete with an elegantly infectious Southern Italian seaside villa decor. La Vecchia Fontana prepares deliciously authentic and classic Italian cuisine served with charm and smile, where guests can let their hair down, relax and take a vacation from their vacation. Bring your favorite bottle of wine and an appetite for classic fine Italian food and homemade desserts and get swept away at La Vecchia Fontana.

700 First Ave
Avalon, NJ 08202
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Serving dinner daily at 4pm

Cross Street:
8th and First Ave

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(609) 967-7708

Website:
http://www.lavecchiafontana.net/

Catering:
You can choose from 3 menus for we can help create your own special menu

Executive Chef:
Bujar Daku

Additional:
Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

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Details
Thu - Sat 4:00PM - 5:30PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM

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La Vecchia Fontana Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.2

ambience

3.8

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (9)
Casual (8)
Special Occasion (8)
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Neighborhood Gem (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Authentic (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Romantic (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Cozy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Fun (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
People Watching (1)
Seasonal (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Waterfront (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Good local restaurant. Not too busy when we arrived but got very busy. Seemed like only 2 waiters working who were very busy. It is byob which is great. Appetizer special was $18 which would’ve been nice to know..we didnt ask and waiter fidnt offer..good but pricey..4 scallops wrapped in bacon. Portions are big.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Very enjoyable meal with the lively staff and great deserts and cappuccino coffees!

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Our reservation was made for 8pm and we did not get seated until 8:53pm, we told our friends about how wonderful the food was at this restaurant and finally brought them along with us. we arrived at 7;45 for an 8pm reservation and no one was at the hostess stand until 8:15 pm to check us in. Then we had to stand in a hot lobby until 8:53 when our name was finally called to go to a table. nothing was done for us in a way of a complimentary appetizer or dessert for the long wait and we all complained about the wait. We go to this restaurant frequently. We were very disappointed in front of our friends in regards to the wait since we all rushed to get there by 7:45.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We had a great time with friends. Food was great. Was very noisy but could still talk.

The only concern was we had reservations and it appears a group came in without reservations but they were able to buy their seating by tipping the Host .... I know there was a group of 4 in front of us with reservations for 7 pm and they had waited for 45 minutes and got upset and left .. Our reservation was for 7:30 and were seated at 7:50 so that was not too bad. However group who did not have reservations were seated before others with reservations. Not appropriate.

Tags: Casual
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 23, 2017

My Veal Parmesan melted in your mouth. It was excellent. We split a Caesar salad which was also excellent. Exceptional dressing....Our waiter, Alex, was fantastic. It was my friend's first time there and she had a wonderful dinner, too. We will definitely be returning.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great food -excellent appetizers, salads, and main dishes were perfect.
The restaurant was very loud .

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 11, 2017

I love this place. I would eat there every night if I could. The service is almost always spot on. Not this visit however. I hope they are listening. They have an amazing thing going but people are not willing to pay top dollar if the service is bad.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We waited for 35 minutes for a 7:30pm reservation .... understandable that a restaurant at the shore on a weekend will be busy, but there was no where to wait except for a dingy lobby of a condo. No bar, no ambience. Thankfully once seated we had good service and our meal was excellent. A bit overpriced, but excellent.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Just delicious food! Service was top notch as well.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 5, 2017

The food this evening was superb as usual. The only reason for a downgrade on ambiance and overall this time was that their was an irritating condensate leak from the HVAC over our table for four which bothered our guests. Needs to be corrected.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 25, 2017

We have been dining here since it opened in Avalon and this was the best meal ever. Food was excellent. Good service. Special salad was fantastic . Wonderful combinations of greens, fruit , beets and cheese. Seafood Risotto was fantastic as always. Excellent veal francaise. We will be back especially now that summer crowds will be gone.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 22, 2017

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Have been here many times since they opened and have seen some variability in our satisfaction. On the plus side the food is usually good and the wait staff competent in an above average environment for the shore. The waiter will tell you of the specials, but will not tell you the price unless you ask. This time pwe went with old friends we have not seen for a year. The waiter was AWOL after telling us rhe specials and took a long time tp take our order. The food was, as usual, good but the waiter was talking to friends when we were trying to pay the check. Someone else noticed this and finally came over to take it. The restaurant is in a single room and it has hard room attributes so large can be noisy. The mussels were small and tasteless, but the rest of the food was good, especially the veal dishes. Prices are somewhat higher as is expected at the shore, but there are restaurants about as good which can be found within a fifteen minute drive from this one. We have been to all the restaurants run by this family, but none has been as high a value as the Philadelphia one, La Fontana d'Cite.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 19, 2017

FOOD WAS EXCELLENT BUT ROOM WAS SMALL WITH LOW CEILINGS WHICH MADE IT DIFFICULT TO HEAR.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Good food and service
Had to wait 30 min for seating
Restaurant was very noisy - excessive - and that would be a reason not to recommend it.
Needs to be addressed

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 (New England)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Dinner was very good. They have a good menu also. It is good for special occasions.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Birthday celebration

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 (Miami)·Dined on August 15, 2017

We had a reservation and then had to wait for thirty minutes before being seated!!

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·Dined on August 10, 2017

The place was unbearably noisy and the two of us were squeezed in-between a table of 12 and a very noisy table of six. The waitress was OK, but was rushed and was not particularly attentive. We did not even have salt and pepper on the table and I had to get a set from another table because no one was paying any attention to us. We were not offered any cracked pepper for our salads and had to ask for that and wait again before we could began to eat the salads.
My Caesar salad was warm and tasted like it had been sitting there all day.
My sister selected Veal Milanese and said it was tasteless and she found four or five lemon seeds in the sauce. My Veal Parmesan entrée was fried to the plate and the side of spaghetti looked like a tangled -up glob of yarn with the sauce baked into it. I am used to a nice sauce on top of entrées not a fried dried up mess.
When the waitress brought our bill we settled the tab and waited and waited for someone to take the cash. We finally gave it to another waiter and left only to find our waitress having a nice break in the lobby.
I would definitely never return and I do frequent Stone Harbor with my husband and other family members frequently.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 8, 2017

We celebrated our son's birthday-and his 1 year old daughter was helping us with the party! The staff was so inviting and accommodating.As usual, Bekim entertained us with some delicious appetizers and fabulous entrees. It is hands down THE best ristorante down the shore!

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Fabulous food and would diffenitly be back.

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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Outstanding dinner and great service.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Outstanding dinner

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Arrived for dinner at the scheduled time, no one was there. Eventually a waiter seated us. Salad for one was overpriced for one at 15.95. Dinner specials were announced, my wife ordered the lobster ravioli, was surprised at the cost at the end 40.00. Seriously overpriced. When our dinner was almost finished we noticed other tables getting bread, we asked the waiter at the end and he said oh yeah the delivery was late, didn't even care we didn't get any bread. We will not for sure to go back, bad uncaring service and overpriced at 115.00 for two.

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·Dined on August 4, 2017

Very frustrating when the waitresses and waiters do not understand what you want. Had to ask for bread. Had to ask for ice.Felt as though I was being rushed in order to get the next customer in my place. Strongly suggest they hire an American staff that knows how to treat people.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Food was excellent, reservations are a must. The Gorgonzola gnocchi were terrific, had the flounder special also very good. Everyone loved their meals!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 2, 2017

La Vecchia Fontana could be a great restaurant if they address their service issues. The room is very small and our waiter was very nice but he forgot about us and we waited over 20 minutes for him to return for our order after he gave us the dessert menu.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on July 30, 2017

We did not get any bread, asked for a second glass of sprite and told they did not have anymore, asked for decaf tea and they didn't have any, asked for regular tea and they didn't have any. They were out of four desserts on a Sunday night. Even though they were out of so many things, they did not try to compensate us in anyway.

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

Our party of six consisted of professionals and seniors.
To begin with, you had to shout to be heard. You were packed in like cattle.
Our reservation was for 7:30, and at 9:15, after we had just paid the bill and were finishing our cappuccinos, a waiter asled us to leave so they could accommodate the waiting parties. Between the six of us, none of us could remember such rude behavior.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 27, 2017

We really enjoyed our meal. Just know that this is a BYOB!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Celebrated my birthday here with my husband and daughters. We all absolutely loved our meals (veal Milanese, tuna, seafood risotto, veal parm). We also shared 2 appe's (fried mozzarella with proscuitto , and eggplant). Everything was absolutely delicious. Service was super efficient and friendly. I would highly recommend this gem!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Food was quite tasty. My only negative was our waiter really sold the special which was Veal Osso Bucco. I did not ask what the price was and I ordered it. The highest price item on the menu was about $ 30.00. Boy was I surprised to see that the special was $ 44.95.

Lesson learned.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Very attentive and friendly staff. The menu offered traditional Italian fare in generous well prepared portions in a relaxed unhurried atmosphere.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 22, 2017

We've been here several times and it never disappoints!! We live the food, the service and the ambiance!! Coming back soon!!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Delicious, fresh food. Cozy atmosphere. Great service.

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Delicious food! Good service and nice ambiance. I can't wait to go back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Went here last summer and enjoyed it, but we were a bit disappointed this time. Both times we had a long wait even though we were on time for our reservation. I ordered the lobster ravioli special without being told the price and was surprised that it was more than i would pay for a whole lobster elsewhere. Tira misu was not good and all desserts are $11. I forgot to use my open table reward for $20 and when i went back following day they would not give me credit.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Amazing food and service as always!! We always dine there and the food is delicious. I would recommend La Fontana for any special events or even just everyday dining.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on July 14, 2017

It was so good. Best food ever. I can't wait to go back. The service was amazing and they took care of us. They have a big menu with delicious food.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 12, 2017

When we arrived we had to wait about 10 minutes before anyone came out to check us in.
The service was slow and I think there was a language barrier. Good food, just seemed like
no one was there but the waiters and busboy - they could have used a hostess.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Our waiter and service was impeccable. The food was overall very good. We really loved the Mozzarella all Fontana for the appetizer and the gnocchi sorrentino for dinner. The calamari was a little under. Lastly the restaurant was packed so the noise level was quite high. Having been there before on a slower night it didn't bother us. But the waiter and overall service was so good that we would definitely come back!

Tags: Good for a Date
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